Hosts of the 24th Coupe de la Ligue final (on Saturday, March 31, 2018), FC Girondins de Bordeaux have a special relationship with this competition.
Girondins de Bordeaux hold a respected place in the Coupe de la Ligue’s honour roll and record books. As the draw for the round of 16 draws near, we take a look back at Les Girondins‘ 23 years of history in the competiontion.
A winner in 2007 and a runner-up in 1998 and 2010, the club’s goal-keeping legend and current technical director Ulrich Ramé owns the club record for appearances in the competition (20).
Semi-finalists in the last two editions, Bordeaux have played the third-most matches of any club in the competition (58).
Three-time winners, FCGB figure second on the list of most appearances in the Coupe de la Ligue final (6).
Led by the likes of Jean-Pierre Papin, Kaba Diawara, Lilian Laslandes, Sylvain Wiltord, Pedro Miguel Pauleta, Jean-Claude Darcheville, Wendel, David Bellion, Yoann Gourcuff and Gaëtan Laborde over the years, the Bordeaux attack is the second-most prolific in Coupe de la Ligue history (96 goals).
Teamsheet from the 2002 Coupe de la Ligue final (FC Lorient-Girondins de Bordeaux)
The club from France’s south-west has the distinction of having participated in the last-ever final at the Parc des Princes, in 1997, as well as the first final to be held at the Stade de France, the following season.
A four-time Coupe de la Ligue winner as a coach, Laurent Blanc won his first title in the competition at the head of Bordeaux in 2009.
When they last lifted the trophy, Bordeaux did so with a record-breaking 4-0 victory over Vannes OC. That record was equalled six seasons later by Paris Saint-Germain… with a certain Laurent Blanc at the helm.
The competition’s all-time top-scorer with 16 goals, Pedro Miguel Pauleta is the owner of two Coupe de la Ligue titles, the first of which he won with Bordeaux in 2002.
Pauleta is also Les Girondins‘ joint top scorer in the competition, along with Jeab-Pierre Papin and Yoann Gouffran, with five goals.